EdS in Special Education

The EdS is for certified general education teachers with a master's degree who wish to prepare for a new role in special education or who wish to remain in the general education classroom but gain more knowledge of how to best work with and advocate for students with disabilities. The EdS is also for non-certified teachers working with special needs students in a private setting.

Students take courses from faculty and students in special education, literacy for special needs, general education, school psychology, school counseling, and other disciplines represented within the College of Education. This creates a true interdisciplinary approach to learning.

EdS Courses (45 credits)

College of Education Courses (6 credits)

  • EDUC 5000 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 5110 Child Development
  • EDUC 5120 Adolescent Psychology

Special Education Courses (24 credits)

  • SPED 5400 Introduction to Disability, Language and Literacy
  • SPED 5410 Multicultural/Multilingual Students and Learning
  • SPED 5420 Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Assessing and Teaching Students with Learning Differences
  • SPED 5430 Positive Behavior Support
  • SPED 5450 School Consultation and Intervention: Action-based Research
  • SPED 5470 Teaching Students with Autism & Low Incidence Disabilities
  • SPSY 5640 Individual Educational Assessment
  • SPED 5900 Capstone: Special Education

Electives (15 credits)

  • SPED 5460 Advanced Behavioral Intervention & Support
  • SPED 5888 Transition Services
  • SPSY 5620 Family/School Collaboration
  • ENES 5010 Culture Language, and Community
  • ENES 5020 Language, Literacy, and Numeracy
  • ENES 5030 Introduction to Diverse Needs
  • ENES 5040 Assessing Academic Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
  • ENES 5050 Assessing Language and Literacy
  • AEDT 5100 Course Design for Adult Learning
  • AEDT 5630 Instructional Methods for Adult Learners

Most courses listed above are 3 credit courses.


Please note: The Special Education master’s program is currently under consideration for suspension. We will continue to offer a Special Education endorsement. Please email specialed@seattleu.edu with any questions.